Monday, August 5, 2013

Serious Shmerious

A  L  O  H  A !
"Take everything you like 


except yourselves."

        Rudyard Kipling

But seriously,

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Traditional Polynesian Tattooing - TATAU

A  L  O  H  A !
Saturday, I went to the Tattoo Expo.
Here is a contemporary tattooing scene,
see the tattoo guns
 in the artists' hands?

I specifically went to observe
traditional Polynesian Tatau methods.
Tatau refers to the sound of tapping.

 "The word "tattoo" was brought to Europe 
by the explorer James Cook,
 when he returned in 1771
 from his first voyage to Tahiti and New Zealand.
 In his narrative of the voyage,
 he refers to an operation called "tattaw" 

(Play Da Song)

These ladies are doing traditional tattooing 
without machines

She is tapping the inked "comb"
with a tapping stick. Tap. . . Tap. . .
Tap. . . .

Gloves and sanitary rules are in effect,
and see, her comb is metal!

This artist is doing Samoan Tattooing.
See the movement-

click on his card

The tapping stick
 is ghostly in this shot

Keone Nunes has breathed new life
 into the Hawaiian Tattoo.
His tribal patterns MEAN something,
 honoring his
ancestors and culture.


His hand tools look 
much as they might have
in pre-contact Hawaii

Polynesian Tattooing
 takes a "village"

Some folks had more fun
 than others.

Hear and see some action:

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